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Greyhound Inn, Penkhull.jpg
Penkhull is located in Staffordshire
Location within Staffordshire
Population6,518 (2011.Ward. Penkhull and Stoke)[1]
OS grid referenceSJ868448
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtST4
Dialling code01782
AmbulanceWest Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
53°00′03″N 2°11′48″W / 53.0007°N 2.1968°W / 53.0007; -2.1968Coordinates: 53°00′03″N 2°11′48″W / 53.0007°N 2.1968°W / 53.0007; -2.1968

Penkhull is a township within Stoke-upon-Trent in the city of Stoke-on-Trent in the English county of Staffordshire. The township is part of the Penkhull and Stoke electoral ward, and the Stoke Central parliamentary constituency.

Penkhull is one of 20 or so conservation areas in Stoke-on-Trent, and includes Grade II listed buildings such as the church and "The Greyhound Inn" public house and restaurant.[2]

The Village Hall, situated in Trent Valley Road, provides a venue for a variety of community events and activities.


The authoritative The Victoria history of the county of Stafford: Volume 8 (1965) suggest the origins of the name - that it arises from the British pencet ('end or head of the wood') and the Old English hyll (hill). Ward (1843)[3] also mentioned the possibility of the use of the Celtic British Pen (head) and Kyl (kiln). The idea of a 'head' or 'end' is topographically apt, since the village is sited on the elevated end of a long strip of valley-side woodland which begins at the ancient Bradwell Wood five miles to the north.

The early origins date from 2500 BC, and there have been three archaeological finds from this period. A study by the local city Council stated of Penkhull that... "it has held a settlement for over four thousand years".[4]

The Domesday Book records it as two hides of land in the Hundred of Pirehill and that it was held by Earl Algar.[5]

Penkhull was a Royal Manor from the time of William the Conqueror 1086, and the last record of its title as a Royal Manor was in 1308 under King (Edward II).

Penkhull was developed by Josiah Spode II as a dormitory suburb of Stoke-upon-Trent, the town from which the city of Stoke-on-Trent took its name.

The Church[edit]

Church of St Thomas, Penkhull

The ecclesiastical parish was created out of the parish of Stoke in 1844[6] when the church of St. Thomas[7] was built.[8] The church is by Scott and Moffatt. The Revd Thomas Webb Minton, the son of Thomas Minton and Rector of Darlington, gave the sum of £2,000 to be invested from which the interest provided an income for the Vicar. The aisles were added in 1892 by Edward Prioleau Warren.[9] The Village Hall was built at the same time and was at that time a Church of England school for the poor.

Music and Performing Arts[edit]

Penkhull has a number of annual music and performing arts events, including annual Mystery Plays and an annual community pantomime. Details can be found on the Residents Association website. There is also the annual Penkhull Music & Arts Festival[10]

Notable people[edit]

Oliver Joseph Lodge
Stanley Matthews statue in Hanley town centre



  1. ^ "Stoke ward population 2011". Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  2. ^ Website of Neville Malkin's "Grand Tour" of the Potteries retrieved Feb 2017
  3. ^ John Ward. The Borough of Stoke-upon-Trent (1843)
  4. ^ Stoke-on-Trent City Council. Penkhull Village Conservation Area Appraisal report, March 2008.
  5. ^ Domesday Book Staffordshire 1086, Phillimore & Co Ltd, Chichester 1976.
  6. ^ Richard Talbot; The Church and Ancient Parish of Stoke-upon-Trent, Webberley Ltd, Hanley, 1969 (page 57)
  7. ^ Church of England website retrieved Feb 2015
  8. ^ Website of Neville Malkin's "Grand Tour" of the Potteries retrieved Feb 2017
  9. ^ Nikolaus Pevsner; The Buildings of England: Staffordshire, Penguin Books Ltd, 1974. ISBN 0-14-071046-9. Page 263.
  10. ^ Penkhull Festival website retrieved Feb 2017
  11. ^ website, local history of Stoke-on-Trent, England retrieved January 2018
  12. ^ Website of Neville Malkin's "Grand Tour" of the Potteries retrieved Feb 2017
  13. ^ "Lodge, Sir Oliver Joseph" . Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol. 16 (11th ed.). 1911.
  14. ^ The Charles Tomlinson Resource Centre website archive retrieved January 2018
  15. ^ "Neil Morrissey revisits his children's home roots". The Guardian. 22 March 2011. Retrieved 9 September 2020.
  16. ^ SoccerBase Database retrieved January 2018
  17. ^ Website of Neville Malkin's "Grand Tour" of the Potteries retrieved Feb 2017
  18. ^ BBC Sport, 29 July 2011 retrieved January 2018
  19. ^ ESPN cricinfo Database retrieved January 2018

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